Breakthrough discovery may treat deadliest citrus disease

Good News Notes: “After a five-year search with multimillion-dollar grants, scientists at the University of California-Riverside announced last week they have discovered a naturally-occurring treatment for a fatal citrus disease. Scientists say the breakthrough is the first known substance capable of controlling huanglongbing disease, or HLB, regarded as the most devastating citrus disease worldwide. A…

Dogs are being trained to sniff out COVID-19 in humans

Good News Notes: “Scientists are training dogs to identify COVID-19 by following their noses. A new program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is putting noses to the grindstone for disease detection. Researchers are working with dogs to see if the canines’ superior sniffers can help with early detection of COVID-19…

Deep sea expedition uncovers 30 new species, plus longest-known animal

Good News Notes: “The expedition was conducted by scientists from the Western Australian Museum, Curtin University, Geoscience Australia, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Schmidt Ocean Institute. Over the course of 20 dives and 180 hours, the team explored the Ningaloo Canyons in the Indian Ocean down to depths of 4,500 m (14,765 ft). Using a…

Chester Zoo targets mobile gamers to promote conservation of endangered species

Good News Notes: “Chester Zoo launches new augmented reality mobile game that transforms players’ worlds into a jungle – enabling them to experience what it’s like to track real apes and carry out conservation challenges, all from their smartphones. Players join a team of wildlife scientists and help them protect the last wild spaces on…